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Conference Overview


To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Embassies of Australia, Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America, as well as the International Centre for Democratic Transition, the Regional Offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Italian Institute of Culture, with the cooperation of the Embassies of Denmark and the United Kingdom, will organize an international conference on September 28-29, 2006.


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MTI - Hungarian News Agency

The conference will be held at the Italian Institute of Culture, which served as the home for the first Hungarian Parliament between 1866 and 1902. The title of the conference will be "1956 and Hungary: The Memory of Eyewitnesses - In Search of Freedom and Democracy".


The conference will review the events of the 1950's era, from the point of view of participants and will be based on the personal experience of those who left Hungary after the Revolution, who found a new home in our countries, and have contributed to their development. Remembrance and vision of the future will be the keys to the interpretation of the events that shook the world, a memento of international solidarity provided for those who fight for freedom and democracy.


The conference will be open to the public, targets the younger generations, and aims to contribute to the formation of a shared memory.


An exhibit of books, documents and photos, as well as a retrospective screening of films and documentaries coming from the countries concerned, will take place parallel to the conference.




Conference Title:

1956 and Hungary:
the Memory of Eyewitnesses - In Search of Freedom and Democracy


September 28-29, 2006


Italian Institute of Culture
1088 Budapest, Bródy Sándor u. 8.

Official languages:

English, Hungarian, Italian
Interpretation is provided.



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